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My very good friend Jack Steele has been busy and is currently in the middle of a Blog Tour promoting a new book in his Crime Thriller series.
Here is the original interview that I did with him back at the end of last year, in case you missed it:-
I therefore thought it would be fun to catch up with him and ask him some questions about his latest release, so here it is and happy reading friends 🙂
Hi there Jack, a real pleasure to have you back here with us again to chat about your latest book release LONG SHOT (A Detective Joe Stone Novel Book 2).
Thanks David, I appreciate the opportunity to chat to you again.
Who are the key players/lead protagonists and antagonists that pop up in your adventure? (Assuming that we haven’t already read the first book in the Joe Stone series)
Detective Joe Stone is the lead protagonist who has a lot to contend with in his private life as well as his professional life. As usual, he is soon in the thick of the action trying to find those responsible for the latest atrocity and as a consequence his Strategic Investigation Unit is attacked with dire consequences for those within the unit. There are a number of antagonists involved but it only becomes clear of their connection once the investigation reveals clues to their identity. There is a twist at the end and a cliff hanger of an ending which I hope you enjoy.
What is the story about regarding the conflict that needs to be resolved by the characters and what are the stakes for them this time round?
Detective Joe Stone and his team investigate a major terrorist attack on one of London’s most iconic buildings. They soon draw up a list of suspects who are highly respected members of the community and government. When most of his team is attacked, it soon develops into a war of nerves and a race against time before a deadly weapon is unleashed with horrific consequences.
How did the idea for this tale take shape? Is it a natural progression from the previous book in the series or are you taking the series down another different path entirely?
It was when I visited Richmond Park in London and looked through a telescope on King Henry’s Mound that I had an idea for the next in the series. It concerns someone who wanted to change society but at a price. Then I thought of this person’s connection to the Strategic Investigation Unit and everything began to fall into place
It’s a natural progression in the series because I love writing with strands weaved throughout the books and the chance to explore the characters even further as the books are produced. Long Shot carries on two weeks after the first book, Loose Cannon. It resolves some of the issues from the first book but this time conflict of a different kind will be revealed in this book.
Did you do any specific research for this novel that differed from your previous one in the series or the other novels that you have written?
I love to research and I would love to include all of it but there is too much and I want the books to flow. Long Shot had buildings which I personally visited to ensure accuracy and feasibility. The last thing I want is for the reader to stop and question whether or not a building or location is not accurate especially when it’s central to the story. The only time I do change or rename a building is purely for fictional reasons.
Regarding research for your books, is there anything that has surprised you or completely changed your world view after learning more about it?
I have to say that the main focus of Long Shot following a terrorist attack on an iconic London building is the response of the government. I was reading an article in a leading Sunday newspaper recently which had the government do exactly what I had written. Although it would seem an inevitable outcome I was still surprised that I had pre-empted the government as it were.
What aspects of your characters in this book would you say that you relate to on a personal level?
I always invest a lot of my character into Detective Joe Stone. He has to endure and witness things in his personal life that I have witnessed in my own. Most of the characters in the books are based on those that have had an influence on me in one form or another. The fact that Carl, Joe’s friend and colleague, is struggling to cope with loss and the effects of bereavement is something that I have seen in real life and have struggled with in the past.
What were the hardest parts of this book to write? And what were the easiest?
The hardest parts were keeping the book flowing when there were necessary scenes of dialogue and reflection. In the first book I found some of the readers thought there was too much detail while others asked for more. It’s a balancing act which, thankfully, the reviews for Long Shot seem to imply that I have it about right.
The easiest were the chase sequences as I love a great chase. I always dream of running after someone or escaping and trying to get distance between whoever it is after me. My wife often has to wake me up saying I am kicking or moving about in bed too much!
Were there any significant concepts that you had to edit out of this book that seemed like a good idea in the first draft but became too unwieldy as the story progressed?
One concept that I had to change was the leading antagonist. I had too many details on who this person was which would take away the twist at the end of the book. I enjoyed writing about this person so you can imagine that when most of the back story was ditched it was frustrating.
Do you hide any secrets or Easter eggs in your books for dedicated readers to find?
I do have a couple of surprises in each book for characters named after someone I know. I recently ran a competition while being involved in the Online Crime Readers Party back in September 2016. The winner would have their name as a character in Long Shot. It was such a success that I intend to do it again.
What would you choose as your own personal mascot or spirit animal when it comes to you and your style of writing?
To answer this question I have looked back at the reviews of Loose Cannon, the first in the series of Detective Joe Stone Crime Thrillers. Throughout the reviews the two words ‘fast –paced’ were prominent. So I would think that a Cheetah would best represent my style of writing.
What do you think most characterizes or defines your writing? Do you have any writing quirks or themes that constantly crop up in your stories?
My writing style is a fast-paced page turner with cliff hangers, moral dilemmas and believable characters. My lead character, Joe Stone, is written in the first person. He is always in the heart of the action often leading to life-threatening situations with exciting chase scenes.
There are many themes running through my stories which Joe symbolises; Empathy, Determination, Friendship and Loss. The main strand is his missing girlfriend who was abducted while serving in the Border Patrol. In the sequel, more information is revealed and he becomes even more determined to find out who abducted her. Another theme is his impending promotion within the Strategic Investigation Unit which is highlighted in the sequel. Then there is….oh you will have to read them to discover more!
Finally, regarding your subsequent projects, will you be writing another sequel in your Joe Stone detective series or do you have other plans for other books in the pipeline?
As previously mentioned the sequel ‘Long Shot’ is being published on July 29th 2017. I am currently writing the third in the series.
And once again, that’s a wrap! 🙂 Good luck with your Blog Tour and we look forward to enjoying the continuing thrilling adventures of detective Joe Stone 🙂
I have thoroughly enjoyed your interview David. Thank You.
Bio (in his own words):-
“I was born in Hackney, London and grew up on the Bannister House Housing Estate in Hommerton. I now live in Nottinghamshire and married with two grown up children who now have lives of their own, leaving me time to indulge in my favourite passions, reading and writing. I still work full-time in the printing industry which is where I have been for the past 40 years. On many occasions it interferes with my writing, working extra hours or weekends, so it can be a balancing act but one I seem to manage along with an understanding wife of course.
I spent five years researching books, magazines, documentaries, movies and internet articles on various subjects as well as completing a creative writing course and attending workshops run by the Nottingham Writers Studio.
It was a great achievement in 2016 when I published my first Crime Thriller novel ‘Loose Cannon’ with great reviews. It was the first in the Detective Joe Stone series and I was encouraged to write the sequel ‘Long Shot’, which has now also been published .
My writing style is a fast-paced page turner with cliff hangers, moral dilemmas and believable characters.”
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116. A dash of reality…… – Likhitha
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